Police and RG&E held active assailant training exercise near South Clinton Avenue

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — If you were in downtown Rochester on Thursday afternoon, you may have seen what looked like an active crime scene. Don’t worry though!

It was part of a multi-agency active assailant exercise, at the RG&E offices off of South Clinton Avenue. The training exercise started at around 3 p.m. and ended at 9 p.m.

The goal was to test the procedures and policies for both RG&E and local law enforcement when dealing with life-threatening situations.

“So today is really about preparedness. We know bad things could potentially happen and so we want to prepare for that,” said Brian Harrell, the CSO & vice president of Avangrid. “We want to test our emergency and communication plans, we want to test the communication strategies that we have, and we want to build a better relationship with law enforcement in terms of how to mitigate risk as quick as possible.”

Harrell said he hopes the training tonight and the policies in place will help to protect lives.